Am I Enabling?

This is such a challenging conversation I have to have with families everyday. The topic of enabling is not a simple one, and there are several ways we enable without realizing it. First, let’s clear up what enabling is. In a nutshell, this is anything we do that ‘enables’ our loved one to continue the addiction we so desperately want … Read More

AA – To The Newcomer

AA Newcomer Guide

There are so many things to think about as you approach this piece of your life. It is a strange place to be, in your head, thinking about these changes that are necessary, AA, and wondering how it will be. I had a lot of fear about being sober. I feared that I would no longer be funny. I feared … Read More

6 Tips to Stay Sober During the Holidays

Kansas City Recovery Holiday Sobriety Tips

We all know that holidays are a stressful time. Most of us struggle with family issues, trying to manage finances, which house do we go to first, who’s cooking, cleaning, and traveling. It’s a lot to think about and worry about. As addicted people there is a general difficulty coping with emotions. It is at the core of why we … Read More

12 Steps and Anonymous

Kansas City Recovery 12 step Programs

Sometimes people are confused about how ‘anonymous’ we are in 12 step programs. It can be confusing for people when they are new, and for people who are not members themselves. Also, be aware that you will get different thoughts and opinions from different people.  None are right or wrong, good or bad- they are how we interpret things as … Read More

Outpatient Rehab Inpatient Rehab

Kansas City Recovery Outpatient Rehab

One of the most common questions I get is “Are there any alcohol rehabs or drug rehabs near me?” The answer is yes. First, let’s talk about the terminology and the different options available to you so you are more clear on what exactly you need. Outpatient Treatment Outpatient drug rehab or alcohol rehab is a regimented program where you … Read More

Exercise as Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction

Kansas City Recovery Addiction Treatment

Exercise as a treatment method for depression, anxiety, and addiction makes sense. We hear it everyday… exercise more… you’ll feel better… you’ll live longer… But I’m not sure many people know that exercise is a proven solution for many of our daily woes. Research has proven time and time again that exercise is more successful than any anti-depressant or anti-anxiety … Read More

Addiction Help Kansas City

Once you get to the point you know help is needed, even more confusion sets in as you try to figure out the next step. I believe one of the greatest hurdles for many people is deciding which direction they are supposed to go in finding the proper help. What service do you need, what kind of professional, and what … Read More

Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Withdrawal

This is a topic that deserves a lot of attention and that elicits the most surprise from people. Drinking is so socially acceptable and hangovers are the epicenter of jokes, movies, and, unfortunately, every day life. A hangover is the effects of your body withdrawing from alcohol. And that is not something to take lightly. Withdrawal from alcohol starts somewhere … Read More

AA Meetings Kansas City

This is a popular topic in my daily life, personal and professional. We get a lot of people in our sober living home who come from out of state and we are always talking about meetings and where to go. The first thing I want to say about meetings is, they are all different. If you go to one meeting … Read More